Kiribati travel information
Due to the prevalence of the coronavirus, the
authorities have implemented measures for travelers from
all countries with reported cases of the coronavirus,
among others. a. 14 day quarantine requirement in a
third country prior to entry into Kiribati. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Kiribati are completed without any
special problems. There is no Norwegian foreign service
station in Kiribati.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Kiribati is
considered low. It is low crime in Kiribati.
It is recommended to take normal precautions. Women
are warned not to walk alone in the evening, although
the risk of assault is small.
Homosexuality is illegal.
It is a left-hand drive in Kiribati. The road
standard is varied and relatively poor. Alcohol-driven
driving occurs, especially on weekends.
Some of the southernmost islands are located very low
and are particularly prone to sea level changes.
Kiribati is affected by high tides and occasional
drought. The archipelago lies between two cyclone belts
and storms therefore normally pass Kiribati. The cyclone
season is from November to April. High seismic activity
in the area puts Kiribati at risk of tsunamis.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in Kiribati are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
- Countryaah: Tarawa Atoll is the capital
of Kiribati. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 994/999, fire
993/999, police 992/999
In case of crisis or emergency, you can contact the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour operating center on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to travel to Kiribati.
Contact the immigration authorities in Kiribati for more
Principal Immigration Officer,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
PO Box 68, Bairiki Tarawa,
A valid passport, exit ticket and proof that you can
pay for your stay must be presented on arrival in
Only passports are accepted as identification
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid. It is recommended to check
in advance if it is allowed to visit islands and
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the virus, the authorities of March 17,
2020, have initiated measures for travelers from all
countries with reported cases of the coronavirus, among
others. a. 14 day quarantine requirement in a third
country prior to entry into Kiribati. Information about
the measures can be read on the Ministry of Health and
Medical Services website and their official Facebook
page. It is the authorities of Kiribati who are
responsible for updating the websites.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the authorities
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
There is no danger of yellow fever in Kiribati, but
proof of yellow fever vaccine is required if you arrive
from a country at risk of yellow fever. Norway is not
such a country. See this list for yellow fever
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine before
entering Kiribati. See here for more information.
I-Kiribati is the official language of Kiribati, but
English is widely used. Australian Dollar is the
official currency. Most hotels take Visa and Mastercard,
as well as traveler's checks. ATMs can be found at
Tarawa and Kiritimati.
Kiribati is ten hours ahead of Norway.
The area code for calls from Norway to Kiribati is
+686. The telephone network is unstable and the internet
is not widely used. The Internet domain is .ki.
Normal office hours are Monday to Friday 8am - 4:30
pm. Banks are open from 09:30 - 15:00 Monday to Friday.
240 volts is standard for electrical outlets.
Tipping is not expected.
The temperature in Kiribati is between 26 and 31
degrees. There is a tropical, humid climate with rainy
season from November to April.
Public Holidays: January 1 - First New Year's Day,
March 8 - International Women's Day, Good Friday, 2nd
Easter Sunday, July 8 - Gospel Day, July 11 - Free
before National Day, July 12 - National Day, July 13 -
Liberation Day, July 15 - Unaine (older women's day),
August 5 - Youth Day, October 7 - Education Day,
December 6 - Human Rights and Peace Day, December 25 -
Christmas, December 26 - Christmas.